What fools we mortal be, we chase the wind and yet we never find tranquility or peace of mind. Our soul is never at rest. From pillar to post we wander in pursuit of what we think will fulfill our every want.
We call it trying to find ourselves and yet we never think to look within, for how can something so simple bring the peace that we are looking for?
I will just work a little harder and the extra change will surly buy me something that will satisfy my inner longings, thus I will find peace of mind and my soul will be content.
We often marry in hopes of finding love, something to fulfill that which we have dreamed of as a child and we find ourselves burdened with cares we never thought would be ours to bear.
Driving a fancy car, dinning on fine food and wines may fulfill our desires, but deep within, our soul cries for peace.
We look in all the wrong places and find that wealth, prestige and fame are just another word for failure in our pursuit of what we thought would bring us peace and contentment.
Then one day we meet someone who is clothed in our old cast offs and yet find that they are happy and never fret about tomorrow, their eyes shine with contentment, not sorrow.
They live in what we would call poverty and yet they seem to have no problems and are content in the circumstances that they find themselves. How can this be? They have nothing, I have everything anyone could want and yet I am not half as happy as they appear to be.
One Sunday you happen to see this person grace the church that you have never entered, for in your way of thinking church is for those who cannot think for themselves and need someone to tell them how to live.
Then one day you find yourself down and out, your wealth and high living had gone down the drain when Wall Street went bust. Through tears and disgrace, you search far and near for your daily needs.
Then one Sunday morning as you were passing by an open church door you heard those inside singing praises to the Lord on high. Your heart was troubled as you hurried by; two blocks away you stopped and could still hear the singing of that hymn and felt the urge to join them.
Slowly you turned around and made your way to that church door. There you hesitated before entering, wondering what people would think if you entered therein. Your fears were quelled as someone took you by the hand and said, “Welcome, please join us?”
With a sheepish smile, you made your way to a vacant seat in the back pew. Still tense you opened the hymnal and joined in singing praises to the Lord. After the sermon, the preacher asked all who wanted, to come and kneel at the altar for special prayer.
Your first instinct was to get up and leave, but for some reason you could not. With your heart, racing you felt drawn to the altar; slowly you made your way forward, and fell to your knees at the altar rail. With eyes closed, not knowing quite what to pray about you felt the preachers hand on your shoulder and heard him say, “How may I serve you today/”
With that, tears began to flow down your cheek as you told him your burdens and at that moment, you felt as though a great weight had been lifted from your shoulders. For the first time in your life, you felt the love you had pursued for so many years.
You had allowed God to enter your life and when you did, it mattered not that your wealth and way of life was no more, for you had found the peace and love you had so desperately pursued. At that moment, your life was changed forever.
That Sunday when you left that church you knew without a doubt that you had been on a journey from darkness to “Light” and you had found the peace and love that had eluded you when you lived the life of the wealthy with disregard for your spiritual being.
New doors were opened to you and soon you were back on your feet, living the life, that God had planned for you and you realized that your new lifestyle was worth more than all of the enticements that your old lifestyle had to offer.
You now reached out to others not as fortunate as yourself; each time God’s love filled your heart to overflowing. Then with the realization that earthly wealth and prestige is as dust in the wind, here today and gone tomorrow and that God is the supplier of all of our needs.